"Terrorist incidents during the 1980s drove the Reagan Administration to adopt a series of policy initiatives to combat the threat. The US combating terrorism policy as stated in the 'Vice President's Task Force Report on Combating Terrorism' has enjoyed some success in dealing with the international terrorist threat. Terrorist activities no longer dominate today's headlines. However, logic would dictate that the U.S. is enjoying a temporary lull in overt terrorist acts directed against our interests and that the terrorism genie in not dead but merely resting. Demise of superpower influence during 1990s will most likely lead to increased regional instabilities and smaller but more intense disagreements--an atmosphere ripe for the use of terrorism. State sponsored terrorism, classical terrorist groups, and terrorism used as a tactic by insurgents and the drug cartel will flourish in this environment."
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